The DGfI, founded in 1967, has more than 2,300 members who are active in basic or clinical immunology. A major goal of the DGfI is to offer a structured educational program in immunology. The Academy for Immunology comprises three courses (Autumn School, Spring School, Translational School) providing different levels of education. The scientific activities of the DGfI are organized into 14 working groups spanning all major areas of current immunology. In addition to holding meetings of the individual working groups, the DGfI conducts annual meetings, frequently as joint meetings together with a neighbouring European society. Moreover, small bilateral meetings are intended to initiate and develop joint research initiatives with non-European societies.